Elly May Is Back With Uncle Jed And Granny; Donna Douglas Has Died

Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas, second from right, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of an unnamed pilot DiMaio directed in the early 1960’s featuring Clint Eastwood, left, Mr. Ed., center, and Douglas. Douglas played the wife of Eastwood’s character a carefree, dancing, mounted police officer.

Baton Rouge, LA—Donna Douglas, famous for portraying smoking-hot hick Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies” on CBS from 1962 to 1971, died Friday from pancreatic cancer. She was 82.

On the big screen, Douglas starred in the films “Career,” “Lover Come Back,” “RECOiL” and alongside some dude named Elvis Presley in “Frankie and Johnny.”

But she was most successful on TV, appearing in such shows as “Route 66,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Adam-12” and “Surfside 6.” Her death leaves only Max Baer, her TV cousin, double-naught spy Jethro as the only remaining cast member of the show.

She is survived by her son Danny, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Maine Man Surprised, A Little Disappointed His Business Trip To Atlanta Wasn’t Filled With “Beverly Hillbillies,” “Honey Boo-Boo” Characters

Southern Caricatures

The Clampetts of “The Beverly Hillbillies” look downright regal compared to Shannon family of “Honey Boo Boo” fame.

Bangor, ME—All his life, Maine native Mark Teague assumed, based on every single TV show set in the South, that anyone who was born or lived south of the Mason-Dixon Line wore only overalls without shoes, stopped going to school after third grade to help their Pa raise pigs and corn on the farm and thought NASCAR was the absolute greatest thing on the face of the Earth.

Thanks to programs like “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and current fare like “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo,” Teague was certain that the business trip he took last month to Atlanta would be chock-full of uneducated rubes who would spit tobacco on his “fancy city-shoes” as soon as they saw him, and the only food he’d be able to find would be grits, collard greens and fried chicken.
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